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Mr Riggs Cold Chalk Chardonnay 2018 (6 x 750mL), Adelaide Hills SA

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$18.99 per Bottle
$113.94 per pack

History

As a young winemaker travelling the globe, the ‘Old World’ Chardonnays that Ben fell in love in the 1980’s were described as ‘like drinking cold chalk soup’, and have inspired him to make this beloved Adelaide Hills Chardonnay.

Vineyard

‘Tomich’ vineyard situated in the Adelaide Hills, is where Ben found the perfect cold site to make a dry Chardonnay renowned for the purity of its aroma and taste – a cool climate vineyard located in an area which is 2.5 degrees cooler than McLaren Vale on average. The vines are set to a vertical shoot positioning and made up of a combination of new and exciting French Dijon, 96, 76 clones and just a touch of American clone I10. The French clones add beautiful pear and apple characters and a richness and lingering minerality whilst the

American add a sharp citrus with a fine line of acid.

Region:
SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Winery Tasting Notes

The grapes were picked early, before ripening just after the green, herbaceous characters had disappeared. The fruit was whole bunch pressed, the juice was minimally settled, wild yeast was added, and finally the grapes were fermented in only old French oak barrels. Ben aims for the complexity of the barrel fermentation characters to come through rather than new oak characters. Once ferment had finished the wine was left on lees for six months. This has resulted in a wine that is higher in natural acid, low in alcohol, which aids in giving the ‘Cold Chalk’ it’s complexity. It demonstrates a flinty, steely edge and chalky mouth feel, without compromising the purity of the fruit in both flavour and aroma.

Winery Profile

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Ben Riggs

After spending twenty one vintages, a decade and a half of them as winemaker for caretaker Mr. Richard Gregory Trott's ironstone foundry and workshop known locally as ‘W2' (nee Wirra Wirra) Vineyards in McLaren Vale, and simultaneously as an air miles lifetime reward(less) Flying-Winemaker (Napa Valley, Bordeaux, Greece, Italy and the South of France) I knew it was time at the turn of the Trillennium to do my own thing…

The rest was, in comparison, simple; McLaren Vale, her beloved Shiraz, my mate and mentor Mr. Tony Parkinson, his Penny's Hill Winery and our mates Messrs. Beal (Snr. and Jnr.). Added to this combination the original Mr. Riggs' Vineyard, and help from friends, the only thing left to decide was what to call the kit…

I always hoped that someday I would make wine for myself, under my own shingle so to speak. Mate and muse Mr. Parkinson convinced me to moniker my first 15 barriques as ‘Mr. Riggs', a title I would prefer to not outgrow.

I reckon people started calling me Mr. Riggs when I outgrew my dad (the previous Mr. Riggs). Since then, altitude has not been an issue; I'd been making Shiraz at sea level, McLaren Vale South Australia , for more than fifteen years.

Motivated by the ‘Monapilla' vineyard of vigneron Mr. Beal (Snr.) and viticulturist Mr. Beal (Jnr.) this wine is the first manifestation of Mr. Riggs's beloved McLaren Vale Shiraz, and in 2001 was the start of things to come…

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Other Information

  • 2018 vintage
  • 6 x 750mL Bottles
  • SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills, South Australia
  • Screwcap closure
  • 12.5% alc.
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